9 Apr 2015

This Muslim Graveyard In The Sahara Desert Is Hauntingly Beautiful

Generally, graveyards are haunting and solemn places. They are hallowed ground where we can go to remember the dead. Not often, though, do you come across a graveyard located in the middle of a desert, let alone the Sahara desert.

However, if you find yourself traveling through the Moroccan countryside, you might find yourself in such a place.

On the outskirts of the town of Merzouga, about 30 miles from the border with Algeria, is a solemn and beautiful old Muslim graveyard.
Each of the plainly adorned graves points east, towards the holy city of Mecca.

They are each subtly decorated with the color green, which is the traditional color of Islam.

Erg Chebbi is one of two large sand dune seas created by desert winds over the centuries. Some dunes in Erg Chebbi reach heights of almost 500 feet.

Erg Chebbi is one of two large sand dune seas created by desert winds over the centuries. Some dunes in Erg Chebbi reach heights of almost 500 feet.


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